Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's broken promises are making him look more like "the beaten man" than his predecessor Sen. Harry Reid, who is recovering from actual broken bones, says liberal commentator Juan Williams.
"He is on the brink of breaking his promise to avoid shutting down government agencies," Williams wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill
"McConnell has already had to break his pledge to return the Senate to 'regular order,' " he explained.
"He celebrated getting more votes on amendments on the Keystone XL bill than had been allowed in all of last year. But then he shut down Democrats seeking to debate the pipeline," he said.
In addition, "McConnell has also failed to deliver on his promise to have the Senate work on Fridays to produce more legislation.
"And there is no sign that McConnell intends to reverse the 'nuclear option' rules change made by Democrats when they held the majority," he wrote.
As a result, "McConnell's first month ranks as the least productive in the last five sessions of Congress, going back to 2007, with fewest bills passed, excluding resolutions, and fewest nominations confirmed by roll call votes."
According to Williams, both Democrats and Republicans are questioning the Kentucky Republican's leadership.
McConnell was a vocal critic of Reid when he was majority leader, Williams contends, but now "it is McConnell who is feeling the weight of a broken Senate. And it is worse for him, because some of the attacks on him are coming from his fellow Republicans over in the House.
"In just over a month, McConnell has come to look like the beaten man," he added.
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